What is Paget's disease?
Paget's disease is a rare, chronic bone condition that involves rapid destruction of old bone and the growth of new bone. The new bone is usually more deformed, dense, and fragile than the original bone that was altered. The bone changes may cause pain, bone deformities, increase chance for fractures, and arthritis.
Who can develop Paget's disease?
About two percent of Americans have Paget’s disease. Paget’s disease can occur in all races and ethnicities; however, Asian populations appear to be less impacted with this bone condition. European descendants have been shown to develop this condition the most among other ethnicities. Men and women both can develop this disease, but men have been shown to develop the disease slightly more than women. It usually also appears in older age groups that are usually over 55 years of age.
Where does Paget's disease occur?
The condition can occur in any bone. More than one bone can be affected at the same time. Additionally, a portion of the bone or the entire bone can be affected when this disease occurs. The most common bones that present with paget’s disease are:
- Lower legs